A Florida Girl in Beantown!

Hi Guys,

I’ve missed you all so much! How’s your summer? It’s been an extremely warm summer here in Floria and I cannot lie…. I LOVE IT!  I got the awesome opportunity to go and visit loved ones and friends this summer in Boston and it was absolutely amazing! I had so much and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have an underground tour guide (lol) but seriously I had the best time and saw so many amazing sights! It’s only right because I feel like this is my extended family that I absolutely want to share!

Peep my adventures below!

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There was so much amazing wall/street art in Boston. I loved it! This was one of my favorites!
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B Good! Love the decor and the emphasis on the food being locally sourced!
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Adopted Luke Turkey Burger and fries
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I loved these flowers when we were walking around! Absolutely gorgeous natural beauty!
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Downtown Boston
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Downtown Boston, this was a cool shot to me!
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Downtown Boston
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Downtown Boston
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Luke’s Lobster! Amazing! And really, really fresh seafood!
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Decided to get the Luke’s Trio! Crab, shrimp, and lobster trio with clam chowder and blueberry lemonade. Absolutely scrumptious!
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Downtown Boston
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Burberry Store in Downtown Boston!
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Tiffany’s store in Boston!
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Boston Public Garden
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Me at the bridge at Boston Public Garden
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I loved these boats in the garden!
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Tiffany’s store front view in Boston
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Tiffany and CO and my shadow! I was such a tourist! Lol
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Valentino! Ya’ll know I’m a fashionista so I loved this as much as I loved Seattle!
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Downtown Boston
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My fave Marc Jacobs!
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Another fave! Kate Spade!
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Cool statues in front of Boston Public Market area
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Shout out to my amazing photographer for this awesome shot!
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Quincy Market
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South Market
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It’s Cheers ya’ll!
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Boston Public Market
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Cresent Ridge Icecream
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Boston Public Market: This map was so dope! Loved it!
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Another great piece of art!
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Banana ice cream with walnuts from Crescent Ridge
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I loved the look of this Starbucks!
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Caption explanatory but oxtails and rice. Yum!
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So good!
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This place had AH-MAZING wings and waffles after a night out on the town! SO SO GOOD!
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Chicken and Banana Waffles
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This was so cool on the back of the bus and sounded like a dope event!
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Of course I had to visit Harvard!
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It’s JFK Street!

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David’s Tea! I wish that we had one in Florida but the varieties of tea and preparation was so impressive! And it was so tasty the iced tea latte!
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Yet another cool Starbucks!

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It’s me in Harvard Square!

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Hazelnut crunch doughnuts! So good and so worth it!

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I literally had so many great and memorable experiences and so much amazing food while I was in Boston and I would definitely anticipate returning soon for even more! Have you all been to Boston? What are some of your favorite sights/places/food? What did you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Yummy Dessert Recipe: Baked apple crisp

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Yummy! The ice cream really set it off!
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Finished crust! So good and so worth it!
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Side view of Apple Crisp and Ice Cream
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Some of my ingredients!

In total it took about about 2 hours to make and that included prep and cook time so it’s definitely something you can whip up really quick during the week for a dessert or as a sweet treat on the weekend when you want something tasty, homemade and comforting.

So let’s jump right into the recipe!

Fruit Filling:

About 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour

1 cup of sugar ( I used pure cane but feel free to use a mix of brown sugar or any other that you would like.)

2 tablespoons lemon juice (this helps keep the apples from browning)

6-8 apples (I used about 7-8 but depending upon how large of a serving you want you can adjust out as necessary)

Crust:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup of rolled oats or oat flour (you can blend or chop up rolled oats in a food processor or blender to create oat flour)

1 cup of sugar (I used pure cane sugar but you will get the same effect with brown sugar)

2 teaspoons of cinnamon (I love the smell and taste of cinnamon and how it livens up my food so I added an extra bit here)

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of table salt

12 tablespoons of butter

1/2 cup of nuts, chopped (feel free to pick your favorite kind, I used almonds for mine)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the apples in half, remove the seeds and cores and peel. Place aside.

Toss together your cut apples, lemon juice, sugar and flower until the apples have a light coating over them.

Mix your rolled oats or oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter until it begins to clump with either a spoon or your fingers. Lightly sprinkle in your nuts into your crust mixture and you may want to leave some out for putting on top of the crust.

Place filing mixture into a baking dish and pour crust ingredients over filling mixture and sprinkle nuts.

Place in oven and cook for about 50 mins to 1 hour and 10 mins until you see filling start to bubble and crust start to brow. Allow to cool and then serve warm or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream! It will be the best apple dish next to apple pie that you’ve ever taste or made! What are some of your favorite apple treats or dishes? Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!

 

 

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018

Hi Guys!

Can you believe that the month of February is almost over? We were just in January and now we are more than halfway through February on the cusp of March. How crazy is that? Time flies when you’re having fun!

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind but I am so excited to share my time at the Epcot International Arts Festival with you. I recently visited the Epcot International Arts Festival which ran from January 12th to February 19th.  It was so cool to watch Spaceship Earth turn into a living palette of color, awesome food, performers/ artists, and visual displays. Truly a magically artistic time that at some point every one should partake in and that I am excited and grateful that I had the chance to enjoy.

 

Here are some highlights from my trip!

 

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At the entrance to Spaceship Earth!

 

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International Arts Festival time! 
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Amazing chalk art!
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Acrobatic artists!
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Frose! So yummy!

 

Some awesome posters from the Expo Hall where you could take arts classes, try out arts inspired hors d’oeurves, and enjoy some custom Disney inspired art

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Art Inspired Treats!
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Gallery Bites! So good!

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In true Epcot fashion, a passport to unlock the fun!
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Metal Statue 1
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Figment’s White Chocolate Puzzle! So cute! Love it!

 

This was such an amazing festival! Epcot has an amazing way of organizing some awesome festivals that are fun for the entire family! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Epcot festivals? What is your favorite Epcot festival? What is your favorite Spaceship Earth moment or memory? Let me know! I would love to hear from you! Leave me a note in the comments!